The trickle of hybrid notebooks is soon turning into a steady flow here in India. We already got a little taste of this new segment from the Dell XPS 12, and today it’s the turn of the HP Envy x2. HP has gone with an Asus Transformer design approach with the x2, where the entire screen is detachable from the keyboard dock. The main advantage of this design is that the notebook is more comfortable to use in tablet mode and lighter as well. The trade-off here is that you won’t be able to quickly transform it into notebook mode if you move around, unless you’re carrying the keyboard with you. This also happens to be one of the more affordable hybrid notebooks in the market, so let’s see how HP has managed to pull it off.
A video review
Design and build
After the Dell XPS 12, this is yet another superbly designed and built Windows 8 hybrid we’ve come across. The entire chassis is built using aluminium, which means there’s no flex whatsoever around the screen bezel or the edges. The x2 is designed along similar lines to the Envy notebooks in the past. We have sleek lines, rounded edges and very good attention to detail. The lid of the x2 features a brushed aluminium finish, so it’s relatively free of fingerprints. Besides the logo in the middle, we have an 8MP camera with LED flash and ergonomically placed power and volume buttons on either side for tablet use. We even have a microSD card slot at the bottom of the tablet.
Switching to tablet mode
Sleek and slender design
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